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Workbox school desk

Object Name: School desk
Date: 2000
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Medium: Birch plywood; plastic laminate, aluminum, injection-molded plastic, steel
Dimensions: Closed: 24 × 22 × 22 in. (61 × 55.9 × 55.9 cm) Open: 24 in. × 22 in. × 41 1/2 in. (61 × 55.9 × 105.4 cm)
Place made: New York
Description: Portable elementary school desk which folds into a 24" cube; mounted on steel casters; folding lid with storage for laptop computer and projecting lip to hold textbooks; storage behind seat for personal items.
Credit Line: Gift of Deborah Gans and Matt Jelacic
Object Number: 2003.90
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Marks: mark: On metal plaque on verso of seat back: "KORNERS FOR KIDS / abc / Where Education Meets Imagination / Patent Pending"

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New York City architects Deborah Gans and Matthew Jelacic were commissioned by the New York City School Authority in 1998 to design a state-of-the-art elementary school desk for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. This prototype, never put into full-scale production, demonstrates how the team answered the challenge with a design addressing many of the pressing issues facing public school children at the close of the twentieth century.